I have a

```
boost::geometry::model::polygon<Point> Algorithm::poly
```

and i’m looking for the area of the polygon with

```
area = bg::area(poly);
```

the result is

```
1.10434e+08
```

When i’m reading the documentation, i can see

"The units are the square of the units used for the points defining the surface". I really don’t understand what it means.

https://www.boost.org/doc/libs/1_65_0/libs/geometry/doc/html/geometry/reference/algorithms/area/area_1.html

I would like to know if we have a way to transform the return of the `bg::area`

in a m2 result.

With another tool (i can’t use it in my code) i can see that the total of m2 from the polygon is 11043 m2.

How can i have 11043 with 1.10434e+08.

### >Solution :

The points in `poly`

are cartesian (x,y) coordinates. What is their unit? are they in mm, cm, attoparsec?

The resulting unit is the square of that. But we can work that out from the data given:

```
sqrt(1.1043e+08 / 11043) = srqt(10000) = 100
```

So it seems your points are in 0.01 m == centimeter, so the area returned is in cm²

(1m² = 10000cm²)